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Subject[PATCH] x86: set PAE PHYSICAL_MASK_SHIFT to match 64-bit
When a 64-bit x86 processor runs in 32-bit PAE mode, a pte can
potentially have the same number of physical address bits as the
64-bit host ("Enhanced Legacy PAE Paging").

This is a bugfix for two cases:
1. running a 32-bit PAE kernel on a machine with
more than 64GB RAM.
2. running a 32-bit PAE Xen guest on a host machine with
more than 64GB RAM

In both cases, a pte could need to have more than 36 bits of physical,
and masking it to 36-bits will cause fairly severe havoc.

The 46-bit mask used in 64-bit seems pretty arbitrary. The physical
size could be between 40 and 52 bits. Setting the mask to 40 bits
would restrict the physical size to 1TB, which is definitely too
small. Setting it to 52 would be ridiculously large, and runs the
risk that one of the vendors may decide to put flags rather than
physical address in one of the upper reserved bits.

Doing it "properly" would require testing cpuid leaf 0x80000008, but
it would mean that we would lose the ability to make all these
compile-time constants.

So, stick with 46 bits. It's enough for now.

[ Ingo: This needs a test, but I think it should be fairly low-risk.
If it checks out OK, it should be slipped to Linus fairly soon,
since it is a bugfix. It's probably worth putting into stable
too. ]

Signed-off-by: Jeremy Fitzhardinge <>
Cc: Jan Beulich <>
Cc: Stable Kernel <>

diff -r 0eebd30011dc include/asm-x86/page_32.h
--- a/include/asm-x86/page_32.h Wed Jun 04 10:32:01 2008 +0100
+++ b/include/asm-x86/page_32.h Thu Jun 05 16:09:53 2008 +0100
@@ -22,7 +22,7 @@

#ifdef CONFIG_X86_PAE

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